​​​​​​​​​​​​​Albany Ring Road

  • Provide an 11.5 kilometre freight route around the City of Albany. 
  • Construction is scheduled to begin in late-2020 with completion expected in 2023. 
  • A landmark investment into the safe and efficient movement of heavy vehicles in the Great Southern Region.
  • Open concept map PDF

Overview

  • Provide an 11.5km freight route around the City of Albany for the transport of grain, fertilizer, woodchips and other goods to the Port of Albany.
  • The first section of Albany Ring Road, Chester Pass Road to Albany Highway along Menang Drive, was completed in 2007 
  • The Commonwealth and State Governments have funded design and construction of the remaining part of the project, which will extend the road from Albany Highway, heading south parallel to Link Road and north of the freight rail line before connecting into Princess Royal Drive.
  • Following extensive engagement with local stakeholders including the freight industry, the scope was expanded in early 2020 to include bridges at intersections of Albany Highway and Menang Drive, Albany Ring Road and South Coast Highway, Albany Ring Road, Hanrahan Road and Frenchman Bay Road, and; Frenchman Bay Road and the freight railway line.
 

Project update

Design and construction proposals received

Proposals from three consortia (CPB Contractors, Decmil and BMD Constructions) were received on 5 June and assessment is underway. A Preferred Proponent is anticipated to be announced in July. Construction of the first phase of the project from east of Albany Highway to Lancaster Road is on track to commence in late September. Concurrently we will progress detailed designs for the second phase of the project between South Coast Highway and Princess Royal Drive.

Construction of Phase Two will commence in mid-2021, subject to environmental and statutory approvals.

Project progressing well

Procurement for the Albany Ring Road project is progressing well, with construction of the first phase, from Albany Highway to Lancaster Road on track to get underway by the end of September. Please view our May Project Update for more information on:

  • The final concept design, which has been shaped by input from local stakeholders
  • Our approach to the detailed design and construction of the project
  • How we are working with the community, with nominations called for our Construction Reference Group

 FAQs

​Albany Ring Road Stages 2 and 3 includes:

  • Single lane carriageway (ie one lane in each direction);
  • Grade separation (interchanges) with Albany Ring Road at:
    • Hanrahan Road / Frenchman Bay Road;
    • Albany Highway
    • South Coast Highway

​This is not part of the current scope / funding, but we are currently undertaking more technical investigations as to how a grade separated ramp or interchange might work at this intersection, taking into account any impacts to property access. This will provide a cost estimate for consideration, with construction dependent on funding availability.​

​Main Roads has looked at a variety of other opportunities to improve the road network, including grade separating the Chester Pass roundabout. This is costly, has significant impacts on adjacent commercial and residential land, and while it will provide some level of improvement in the short term, it won't address congestion issues or safety concerns on major routes or the wider network heading to the port in the medium to long term. ​

​This is a steep area and we will ensure the gradient is no greater than 5% so trucks can comfortably use it. This will be done using a “cut and fill" process where we move earth from one place to another to level the ground. We cut the earth from above the desired ground height and 'fill' a lower area (or hole) to desired ground level.  In addition, a climbing lane will be constructed to allow slower moving vehicles to be overtaken safely at this location.​

There isn't a separate cycling/walking facility included as part of these works but there are parallel local roads which may become the primary cycle network through the area.​

The Hanrahan Road / Frenchman's Bay Road interchange will provide connectivity to the existing path network in this area and we are aware of maintaining connections for the Munda Biddi and Bibbulmun Tracks.  We will design the Albany Highway and South Coast Highway interchanges to ensure cycling infrastructure can be built in the future as / when required. We will seek feedback from cycling groups as the concept plan is developed.


We met with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) in late 2019 to discuss the project and obtain feedback on potential issues and management actions. Consultation with local environmental groups is also taking place to discuss the project and obtain local input.  The main areas of concern were:

  • Potential impacts to Western Ringtail Possums (via vehicle strikes) and the preservation of linkage and corridor vegetation for this species.
  • Potential impacts to flora species and the creation of a genetic barrier  (i.e. road acting as barrier preventing flow of genetic material)

​We are committed to ongoing engagement with environmental groups to ensure ongoing input into informing environmental management planning.


​Planning History

Albany Ring Road is a proposed heavy haulage route around the City of Albany for the transport of product including grain, fertiliser and woodchips to and from the Port of Albany.

The ring road will link the existing major arterial main roads and highways radiating from Albany, whilst bypassing urban areas and providing improved access to the Mirambeena Strategic Industrial Area (SIA).

Currently Albany Highway and South Coast Highway form the only available route for heavy vehicles travelling from inland areas to the Port of Albany.

This existing route traverses urban areas, including negotiating Chester Pass Road; which requires heavy vehicles to interact with a high volume of general commuter traffic.

Planning commenced in 1997 with selection of a route and inclusion within the town planning scheme.

In 2008, the Route Definition Study was finalised which identified the preferred route and access strategy.

The 2008 plan was revised in 2015 to accommodate changes in interchange options and road / rail interface requirements. Since then, additional operational and safety concerns have been identified, including the number of local accesses to the road.

Community

Construction Reference Group – Expression of Interest

We will shortly be forming a Construction Reference Group (CRG), comprising approximately 15 local residents from suburbs adjacent to the Albany Ring Road alignment. The group will meet with our project delivery team on a quarterly basis for the duration of the detailed design and construction period and provide ongoing feedback into the detailed design and the management of construction.

We will be seeking participants that meet the following criteria:

  • Have a residence located close to the project site and be able to represent the interests of others in the same areas 
  • Have lived in the area for a significant period of time 
  • Understand and have the capacity to voice the issues, concerns and views of community members 
  • Be able to represent a ratepayer group, progress group or community group/association 
  • Be available for after-hours meetings in Albany on (approximately) a quarterly basis 
  • Accept the CRG role and associated tasks, and 
  • Have access to email and internet for contact and correspondence.

How to apply

To register your interest in participating on this group, email enquiries@mainroads.wa.gov.au. Please include "ARR CRG nomination" in the subject line, and include no more than one A4 page. Alternatively, you can call us on 138 138. Nominations close on 30 June 2020.

Environment

Clearing permits will be sought as part of the Environmental approvals process prior to the commencement of Stages Two and Three.​

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​Benefits

  • Improve traffic flow on the existing road network by reducing the number of heavy vehicles on existing routes. 
  • Relieve congestion and enhance safety outcomes for local and tourist traffic.
  • Provide safe, uninterrupted access to the Port of Albany, giving certainty for current port users and stimulating new investment opportunities.
  • Generate local employment opportunities and build local industry capability in the Great Southern region.

​Funding

The State Government has committed $35 million towards the construction of the project, with the balance of funds ($140 million) being provided by the Australian Government.

Last Updated: 17 June 2020